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What if they type initials using lower case instead of caps?

Like "ie" and "eg"? ;-)

Actually, I have my own issues with those abbreviations, and with MD, PhD, etc. And old-fashioned formalists have their issues with me. I detest the periods, strictly for visual reasons. It's much more graceful looking without them, much more pulled together looking. Some physicians who edit some of the things I write have a royal fit, and insist that the periods have to be restored.

The first time I really locked horns with an MD about this (naively unaware--though not for long--that, given her rigid personality and weighty influence in that organization, she was the absolute last person to assert oneself with over such issues), she justified her monarchic ruling by saying that all of the journals used "e.g." and "i.e.", and that that was the final word. And of course, most of the journals have dropped those periods, and others, because it adds up to using less paper.

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